What foods are included in the dairy group?
 
All fluid milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. Foods made from milk that retain their calcium content are part of the group; while foods made from milk that have little to no calcium, such as cream cheese, cream, and butter, are not. Most dairy group choices should be fat-free or low-fat.

Some commonly eaten choices in the dairy group are:             
 
Milk*                                 
All fluid
milk:
fat-free (skim)
low fat (1%)
reduced fat (2%)
whole milk

flavored milks:
chocolate
strawberry

lactose reduced milks
lactose free milks

Milk-based desserts*
Puddings made with milk
ice milk
frozen yogurt
ice cream
 
 
 
Cheese*
Hard natural cheeses:
cheddar
mozzarella
Swiss
parmesan

soft cheeses
ricotta
cottage cheese

processed cheeses
American

Yogurt*
All
yogurt
Fat-free
low fat
reduced fat
whole milk yogurt                  
             
*Selection Tips

Choose fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese. If you choose milk or yogurt that is not fat-free, or cheese that is not low-fat, the fat in the product counts as part of the
empty calorie allowance.

If sweetened milk products are chosen (flavored milk, yogurt, drinkable yogurt, desserts), the added sugars also count as part of the
empty calorie allowance.

For those who are lactose intolerant, lactose-free and lower-lactose products are available. These include hard cheeses and yogurt. Also, enzyme preparations can be added to milk to lower the lactose content.
Calcium-fortified foods and beverages such as soy beverages or orange juice may provide calcium, but may not provide the other nutrients found in milk and milk products.